The beautiful tones of the Rhys Method® Crystal Bowls will awaken the twelve levels of consciousness, or chakras, which are essential in order for you to live in your life purpose. (Click here to go to the section on Rhys Method® Chakras for descriptions of each one.) As stated in the chakra section, you must “feel” your life if you are to live your life purpose. To feel your life is to get out of your head and feel what is real and present through each of your chakras. Letting the deep and subtle feelings flowing through your chakras be the guide in your life keeps you fully present and able to live a life on purpose. But that is easier said than done. Most of us have lost touch with our deepest abilities to feel, and we have gotten lost in our heads where we are more likely to feel yesterday’s feelings and worries instead of the life that is passing through us in the present moment. At their core, all spiritual teachings teach that one must silence the mind and come into the present moment, for that is where life is vibrantly alive. That aliveness is a vibration and a feeling, not a thought. Each chakra vibrates and lives on a vibratory plane of existence. To hear a chakra is to come into resonance with that level of vibration within you. This is where the power of crystal bowls can guide you to go beyond the intellectual understanding of your life purpose and really begin to live it.
The Rhys Method® Crystal Bowls system is based on ancient and current sound healing techniques, the scientific laws of resonance, and the vibratory nature of the human body and energy field as taught in the Rhys Method® Energy Mastery and Full Spectrum Healing at the Rhys Thomas Institute.
CRYSTAL BOWLS AND THE CHAKRAS
Now that you have a basic understanding of the Rhys Method® Chakras and the twelve levels of consciousness, you need a way to distinguish the subtle variations in the ways each center calls you to your life purpose. For instance, the voice of your first chakra level of consciousness creates a hunger and longing for food when you have not eaten in six hours. And your spiritual life level of consciousness has a hunger and longing for change and growth in your life every hour. Your ability to be able to feel the two different longings means you don’t overeat when you need to get out and change your life, and you don’t get out and change your life on an empty stomach.
Each of the twelve levels has a specific guidance and tone to them that you must be able to hear if you are going to know how to guide yourself to your life purpose. Making sense of your twelve levels of consciousness when they are all speaking at once can be overwhelming. It is so overwhelming that most people shut down most of their chakras and just allow chakra six–mind and memory–to run all of their life choices. But as smart as your mind is, it is just a fraction of the genius that is in your entire energy field and is not capable of handling the job of living your life purpose. The problem is that once the mind has taken over the system, it takes practice to release its hold. When the mind is in charge, you will have a constant barrage of internal dialogue in your head that keeps you from feeling the more subtle and delicate levels of your field.
Learning to honor your entire system just means stopping the mind chatter and allowing all twelve levels to speak though your life. The mind only speaks in your primary language; all of the other levels communicate in a language that is more like a melody, a sensation or an impulse. You already know and understand the language of each chakra, because it has been with you since you were born. But once you were taught your family’s spoken language, your internal language of feelings and impulses was buried deeply within you. Now it is time to remember it once again if you truly want to live your life purpose!
Crystal Bowls Quiet the Mind Instantly: The Heart of Spiritual Practice
All spiritual practices have within them the dedication and ability to learn to quiet the mind. The mind is difficult to quiet because it creates the loudest voice in your energy system—one that never stops talking at you, criticizing you, re-living the past, creating anxiety about the future, and blocking the real experiences of life in the present moment. Your life purpose only exists in the present moment and so, it must be felt in the present moment. As long as the mind is in charge, you cannot get enough real information to live your life purpose.
If you just sit in quiet room, close your eyes and listen, you will hear nothing for a few seconds and then a constant stream of thoughts begins. Your mind may say it wants you to stop thinking and relax, but it never lets you. This is what I call the “white noise” of the mind, and it blocks most of the other eleven levels of consciousness for much of the time. For over a millennia, chanting, prayer, dancing, martial arts, chi movement, mantra, emotional release and other techniques have been used to counter this white noise. But it is not easy, and only the steadfast and persevering ever make lasting changes in their mental patterns. Challenging the mental trance of everyday reality is the most difficult step for all seekers and initiates.
Crystal bowls are instant mind stoppers. The principle is easy to understand. The mind blocks most of the systems by being just a little louder than the other levels, so we can’t hear them. We only hear ourselves constantly talking in our heads about what we already think we know. When a bowl plays, it comes into resonance with one of the other levels of the field and enhances it, giving it a loud-speaker quality as long as the bowl that is played is actually louder than the mind. It simultaneously relaxes the mind from the frontal lobes and then deeper into the middle brain and limbic brain where music, tone chanting and vibration are felt, rather than thought about.
Crystal bowls help us to remove the dissonance of the white noise and begin the process of learning what the guidance from the other eleven levels feels like. If you want to know what normal brain function feels like, sit and listen to your favorite crystal bowls for 15 minutes. Then notice that you are very present, but you are not actually thinking with the normal mind state. Notice when your mind takes over again and then notice how your body tightens when it does. That tightness is a result of thinking and is what blocks your feelings. Regular use of the bowl tones retrains your system to feel more of your twelve levels of consciousness, so your mind can be brilliant, fresh and not stuck in old thoughts.
How to Listen to Crystal Bowls
How to listen: You will want to listen to the crystal bowls through the best stereo speakers you have. Headphones will not work as well because your body and skeletal structure are very important listening tools in this process. The best way to listen to bowls is when laying down on a comfortable, but firm, mat or bed with an eye pillow and any supports you need under your legs or neck. The best time to listen is just when you are waking up in the morning or just before bed. If you are doing chakra awareness, you can do it at any time and there should be relatively little chaos and other noise, so you can relax and feel deeply.
A crystal bowl that is toned to one of the notes in the diatonic scale has one purpose: to hold the pure tone, color, vibration and consciousness of that energy level. Any other material or crystalline object or being that has within it that vibratory field, even if the field is being blocked or distorted somehow, will immediately begin to come into resonance with it. Humans have all twelve levels of consciousness, so when a bowl plays a specific level of consciousness, any distortion or block in a person will begin to be released or revealed. Once a level is open, it becomes a voice–the voice of your soul and life purpose. This voice is rarely in your spoken language, but rather consists of a deep feeling, a deep sense of our inner truth or a tension and resistance in the body.
When you experience a crystal bowl, you open a direct channel to your soul and the part of you that knows undeniably what your life purpose is. This inner knowing or soul uses that level of consciousness to send you certain bits of information, which when coordinated with the others, create your heaven on Earth.
The language of unconditional love is so rare on this planet, we often can’t understand it. Someone who loves you unconditionally will only speak to you in two ways: They will either tell you what your highest potential is in that moment, or how you are blocking your highest potential. They will never give you a halfway measure, speak down to you or criticize you. Everything is based on your highest potential only. Since that is what speaks when a bowl plays, you will be shown through your experience one or both of these. You will either experience your highest potential in that chakra, or you will experience how you are blocking that potential. Both are essential for you if you are to move toward your life purpose at that level.
In practical terms, this means that sometimes you will feel great when a bowl plays. At other times, you will hate the sound, or it will make you feel tight, angry or whatever emotion you regularly use to avoid living your life purpose. You may find that some of the tones you like all the time and others you generally don’t like. That is the first way to tell which levels of your energy field you use the most and which ones you reject.
Finding your Core Soul Tone and Life Purpose Tone
Listen to the Rhys Method® 12 Chakra Tones CD all the way through a number of times for one week. Each tone is only one minute, with the chakra and musical note stated at the end of each tone. Over time you will notice that certain notes and chakra tones really bring you into a more peaceful and present state. You will find that you will have one or two favorites that consistently make you feel good. Go to rhysmethod.com and download longer versions of your tones so that you can listen to them as often as you can to support yourself being in your core and life purpose.
Daily “Opening to Your Inner Wisdom” Meditation
Use the Rhys Method® 12 Chakra Tones CD in random order during your meditation. Feel which ones are standing out for you as either positive or negative feelings or images. Each tone opens one level of your energy field; the ones that stand out are guiding you to see where to focus your energies that day. Learning to listen to your body through the use of the crystal bowls can lead to greater intuition and wisdom in your daily life.